This Sunday was not a day of rest for Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat Crew!
At 0007 hours on Sunday 13th January 2019 HM Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat to a report of a person in the water at James Watt Dock, Greenock.
Having launched, after 5 minutes they were then stood down as no longer required.
At 1117 hours on Sunday 13th January 2019 HM Coastguard requested the attendance of Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat to attend James Watt Dock as there was concern for a person who was on the water side of the security fence. The lifeboat was already in the water on a training exercise and started to attend. At 1127 they were stood down.
At 1425 on Sunday 13th January 2019 HM Coastguard requested Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat to go to standby as MV Kingdom of Fife had recovered two kayakers who had capsized in Loch Goil. There was a need to transfer them to waiting ambulances at Carrick Castle. As the weather was force 6-7 at the time it was necessary to assess the risk to crew and casualties. At 1505 hours the lifeboat was launched and attended the scene, transferring the two persons to waiting ambulances. They returned to station and were ready for service at 1640 hours.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.